Phantasm III (1994) Movie Review

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Phantasm III (1994)

1994 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
91 minutes / 1h 31min

[ Movie Page: Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994) ]
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Phantasm III Plot Synopsis:

The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago.

Phantasm III (1994) Review

This time around we got a cast reunion from the first film. We got the mainstays in Angus and Reg reprising their roles, but also A. Michael Baldwin (Michael) and Bill Thornbury (Jody) also returning.

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead picks up right where II left off. The Tall Man has killed Liz, but Reg and Mike managed to escape his grasp. Later, Mike is visited by his dead (?) brother, Jody, who manifests himself as both a spirit and also as a "Ball". He promises to lead them to the Tall Man, but just as they begin their trek Mike is captured by the Tall Man.

Reg decides to go it alone (with the help of the "Ball" formerly know as "Jody") in his search for Michael. Along the way he picks another young boy named Tim (Kevin Connors... and I don’t mean that you bunch of sickos) and a young black female army vet named Rocky (Gloria Lynne Henry) to join in the fight. Together they track down the Tall Man and his minions for the final battle, but the fun has only just begun.

This films ends with a lot more questions than answers. Like, how are Michael and the Tall Man connected? What truly is the origin of "The Balls"? Are they more than just motorized watchdogs? Could Reg ever really turn off his hormones (I think this is harder than stopping the Tall Man)?

It’s kinda wierd having the main character change as an actor, since it’s supposed to happen right after number 2. That would be like replacing Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween 2, it wouldnt be right. Anyway, this film is a lot funnier than the previous two, and the "zombies" are stupid as hell. The ending is the best part of the movie though so rent it, watch it, and enjoy.

  • Phantasm III Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.08
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.0

About Phantasm III 1994

Title: Phantasm III
AKA: Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
Year: 1994
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.04/5 stars from 7,095 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7,095
MPAA Rating: R
Phantasm III Cast Starring: Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Gloria Lynne Henry, John Davis Chandler, Beau Lotterman, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Irene Roseen, Sarah Scott Davis, Claire Benedek, Wendy Way, Robert Beecher, Jennifer Bross, Chuck Butto, Kevin Connors, Cindy Ambuehl, Brooks Gardner, Duane Tucker
Phantasm III Writers: NA
Phantasm III Director: Don Coscarelli
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA